Join our developing eco-awareness project in Golden Bay



We are an educational eco-awareness group that welcomes people seeking to live in harmony with mother earth and learn to connect with their higher selves (Huna philosophy) and live like GLOBAL NATIVE. The philosophy behind this facility is to learn how to develop a new eco-awareness culture for our planet.

We are living on a scenic hillside overlooking the beautiful landscape of Golden Bay , 25min drive from Takaka, 10min walk from the beach, and a WWF recognized reforestation Project. There is also chicken, goats and a cat.

The 21 acre eco property is run by the Bioversity SoNNos charitable trust and is currently being managed by Joe and Ursus (Ursus is the founder and long-term caretaker of the trust). He has been working on various eco-village projects around the world, mainly in Switzerland and New Zealand. See for more information.

Current activities include, learning how to do permaculture, eco- building with recycled materials, planting a food forest, vegetable and herb gardens and other creative projects. The daily rhythm of living together with people, cooking and baking on wood fire etc. is as well an interesting task with a lot to learn.

Because of this learning situation, our charitable Trust facility operates on donations. This is a place is about to making new experience and learning. Therefore we ask volunteers to contribute towards meals. Special exceptions may be made with the caretaker as to contributing to this (i.e. giving extra work). For experienced and suitable long term volunteers we may offer alternative arrangement.

We wish to maintain a family atmosphere and so we ask volunteers to stay for at least a few weeks. This may be extended at the discretion of the caretaker.

We are also drug, alcohol- and smoke-free. This is to enable us to live healthy and focus on our spiritual growth.


Type of Help

Gardening, cooking, general maintenance, farming, help with eco project, help in the house, animal care, charity work, teaching


We are seeking for volunteers to work on permaculture, food forest, eco-building, renovation /construction, firewood.

Our aim is that you learn a lot while you are working here and benefit from the experience. We recognize that all people have important things to offer, areas of relative expertise, and various talents, so we try to provide a space for sharing knowledge though the afternoon, early morning or evening.


Our projects in New Zealand and Europe is seeking a person or groups of people who may stay with us and shoot images about our different projects so as to upload the videos to our webpage.

Languages Spoken

English, German


Accommodation includes a sleep-out or room in the house as well as short term camping in the forest.

We have a composting toilet, fully functional hot bathing/ shower facilities powered by our wet back log fire and solar power.

Our daily meals are eaten together like a family where we get to know each other, discuss the day, sing a song or two, and share our experiences.

What else

The place is close to many tourist destinations like Farewell Spit or the Abel Tasmans many activities. We sometimes use a Teepee with a firepit which is used for social nights.

Volonteering hours expected

4hours per day